If you're going away to college, this may be the first time that you'll be responsible for washing your own clothes. Even if it isn't, it will probably be the first time you've used a laundromat. It's important to note that washing your clothes at a laundromat is a lot different than washing them at home. Laundromat washing machines and dryers can be a lot less forgiving on your clothes. In fact, if you're not careful, they can ruin your good clothes, which is the last thing you want. After all, you've invested quite a bit of money into acquiring the perfect wardrobe. Here are some laundry tips that will help you care for your clothes while you're away at college.
Take Time to Do Some Preparation
When washing your good clothes in the college laundromat, you want to take time to do some preparation. Laundromat washing machines tend to agitate more aggressively than the one you have at home, which means your clothing will be more susceptible to damage. Before you place your clothing in the washing machines, be sure to pull the zippers up on your clothing and empty the pockets.
Leaving your zippers down or leaving change in your pockets can wreak havoc on your clothing. During the preparation, it's also important that you spend some time pretreating your stains. That way, a small dab of mustard doesn't destroy your favorite shirt.
Always Sort Your Laundry
When you're in college, time is always of the essence, which means you'll be looking for ways to cut corners. The last place you want to cut corners is in the laundromat. Cutting corners can result in the destruction of your clothing. This is particularly true when it comes to sorting your laundry. Don't be tempted to throw all your laundry into one washing machine without sorting through the whites and colors.
That's a good way to end up having your brightly colored clothing fade onto your non-colored clothing. Instead, get in the habit of always sorting through your clothes before you do the laundry. Better yet, invest in two laundry buckets so you can sort your clothes as you take them off and throw them in the laundry pile.
Go Easy on the Hot Settings
When it comes to the settings on the washers and dryers, it's important to remember that the hot setting will be much hotter than the "hot" setting at home. That's because laundromats are all about increased germ-fighting ability. Unfortunately, the increased heat can destroy your clothing. To be on the safe side, try to resist the urge to use the hot setting on anything besides your towels and bed linen. Don't use the hot setting on your good urban clothing.